Five-star point guard Trae Young commits to Oklahoma

Feb 17, 2017, 00:34
Five-star point guard Trae Young commits to Oklahoma

Five-star point guard Trae Young went the local route Thursday when he announced his decision to commit to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Young says the deciding factor for him was this was home for him. "I felt like I could do everything I want to do at a blueblood right here at home".

This represents a huge recruiting victory for Lon Kruger and the Sooners, who are now one of the youngest teams in the country, led by mostly freshmen and sophomores, and are suffering through a disappointing 9-16 season after reaching the Final Four less than 10 months ago.

Over the summer, Young, alongside Michael Porter, helped lead MOKAN Elite to a Nike Peach Jam championship.

"I think I would be the ideal fit with those guys", Young said.

"My whole family is excited", Young said. In that time period, Young and Kruger built a strong relationship.

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Former Longhorns offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle was a starting offensive lineman for the Roughriders last season. At the same time, Young has never lacked for physical gifts, which could intrigue another team to give him a look.

Five-star point guard Trae Young is staying home for college.

"His playing style really fits well", Young said.

"I love his energy", he said. He's passionate for the game. The way his players get better and he develops.

Young, who averages 43.1 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game for the Timberwolves (15-4), eliminated Kentucky, Washington and his dad's alma mater, Texas Tech this week. "They're going to be able to spend every moment with me". Young was selected as a McDonald's All-American and to the Jordan Brand Classic game. But landing such a good point guard could be the building block that gets OU to the NCAA Tournament next season, then perhaps makes the Sooners a threat to play in the Final Four come 2019, 2020 and/or 2021.

Young joins a 2017 class with Harrah (Okla.) Rivals15o power forward Brady Manek and 6-foot-11, 265-pound Helsinki (Finland) Basketball Academy center Hannes Pöllä.